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30 January 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Oracle's plans, licence changes, false alarms and backdoors

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This week, the H had the latest on what's going into the next Linux kernel with Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 2) - Storage, we looked at the problem of URL shorteners in Shortened-breaks and showed The H's own contribution to helping solve it. Meanwhile there were changes in UK Government open source policies, new open source releases and previews, false alarms, backdoors and more...


The H published one feature this week which posed the question - when is Linux not Linux? This was prompted by the growing use of the Linux Kernel to power smart devices, such as phones, which do not present to the user as anything resembling Linux as represented by the major distributions.

Open Source

The UK Government updated its open source policy again, but missed adding a timetable and Alfresco changed the license on their open source enterprise CMS to LGPL. Oracle laid out their plans for Sun's technology assets and closed Project Kenai. Ingres started previewing its database acceleration technology and Bacula says there's been a million downloads of its backup software.

Open Source Releases


Kaspersky set off false alarms over Google ads, developers found the e107 CMS had a backdoor which was inserted into the code after the e107 site had been compromised and Google's Toolbar was found not to turn off properly. Google plans to reward attacks on Chrome, the internal attacker was revealed as a myth, ISPs looked glumly forward to more DDoS attacks and researchers called the "Verified by Visa" scheme a text book example of how not to do authentication.

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